Obvious speculation about "damage control" aside, Mike Barwis isn't the Red Wings trainer. He's an outside specialist and (based on my very brief internet search) seems to be pretty well respected and established.
Mike Barwis is one of the best athletic trainers in the world, if not the best. His strong suit is injury/accident recovery. Search Brock Mealer to see how his training methods, along with a motivated individual, can produce amazing results.